Just two fights into the UFC Fight for the Troops benefit show on Wednesday night in Fayetteville, N.C., and the show quickly took a downhill turn.
After Justin McCully opened the show by rebounding from a UFC 86 loss to Gabriel Gonzaga, by decisioning Eddie Sanchez, Dale Hartt nabbed his first win in the Octagon. Winning the way that he did, however, probably couldn't have been any worse for Hartt, unless he was his opponent, Corey Hill.
MMAWeekly.com had Hill winning the opening round of the fight. But during the second stanza, Hill threw a leg kick that Hartt checked with his shin. As Hartt checked the kick, Hill's leg broke in a rather grotesque manner, leaving the crowd in a stunned silence as Hill crumbled to the mat.
In an interview with MMAWeekly.com prior to the fight, Hartt said, "I need to get back to my roots. For me to be successful in the UFC, I have to get back to my roots and not worry about my fights being exciting. I need to not worry about the result. I need to just worry about the journey; I need to worry about the road. I'm going to go in there and I'm going to have a good time."
Hartt managed to get the win that he had been searching for, but it surely didn't come the way he had hoped, nor did he likely have a good time. But he did show a lot of respect for Hill in staying by his side in the Octagon.
According to Matt Brown of FIGHT! Magazine, Hill's leg was set and an air cast applied before he left the Octagon.